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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday 10/20/09

 

   

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In This Newsletter... Updated

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: FIRE CHIEF LANTZER'S CORNER ~

:: IN THE NEWS...

:: RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTEERS ~ Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings for the year.

:: HB EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ~

:: CRIME PREVENTION ~

:: Map Your Neighborhood ~ Train the Resident ~

:: CodeRED - Emergency Notification System for HB & ALERT LA County

:: HB Amateur (HAM) Radio Association

:: SURVIVAL KITS - FREE SHIPPING TO HB

:: TAG YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services

:: FOCUS ON SENIORS ~ FANNY PACK STILL AVAILABLE

:: COUNCIL & COMMISSION MEETINGS ONLINE NOW!

:: LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITE

:: CONTACT US AT HBNW

 

 

HBNW CRIME LOG 

MYN 1

With the assistance of Motorcycle Ofc. JR Smith, Dect. Mick Gaglia or Lt. Tom Thompson, we select crimes that our residents can learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, car or neighborhood.  This is a tool that is used to inform you about how the crime occurred, time of day and if there are any suggestions for the resident to learn from the crimes selected to further secure their home or car.
 
 

For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link below. 

 

Hermosa Beach Police department Monthly Report 

 

This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference.     
SAMPLE SOLICITOR PERMIT 

AREA CRIME LOG

 

 

AREA 1  

 BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)

 

AREA 2

 GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)

 

AREA 3

 RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)

 

Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP    Reporting Party
UTL    Unable to Locate
GOA    Gone on Arrival
FI    Field Identification Card is information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

NRD    No Report Desired

ADAST  Advised and/or assisted

Wednesday 10-14-09

 

Area 1

 

Scavenger

7th St and Beach Dr

Scavenging

There was a report of a subject taking recyclables in the area.  The subject was located and advised, no crime witnessed.

Friday 10-16-09

Area 2

 

594 PC

200 block of 28th St

Vandalism

The garage door window was broken. This crime occurred between the hours of 2100 and 2300. No one was seen or heard during this crime, no suspect information.

 

Saturday 10-17-09

Area 1

 

Solicitor

100 block of Hill St

Solicitor

There was a church group from El Segundo soliciting for donations. They were advised of the city requirements and sent on their way.

 

Sunday 10-18-09

Area 2

 

594 PC

Unit block of 16th St

Vandalism

The victim's garage door was spry painted during the night. "SSRB" was spray painted in large black lettering on the garage door. This occurred between the hours of 2200 and 0700. No one was seen or heard during this crime, no suspect information.

Area 2

 

459 PC

Hermosa Ave and 14th St

Vehicle Burglary

Subjects were seen breaking into a parked car.  Officers detained possible suspects in the area.  A Field Show-up was negative, but the subjects had the stolen property in their vehicle.  Two people were arrested for 496PC.

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MBNW CRIME LOG

Area 2

10/13/09                                  2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.                   1500 block of 8th Street

(Theft from porch) A witness saw a female suspect take two UPS packages from the front porch of the victim's home when the victim was not home. The suspect then got into the passenger side of a waiting vehicle which drove eastbound on 8th Street out of sight. The suspect is described as a white female adult in her late 20s to early 30s with a long brown pony tail. She wore a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. There was no description of the driver but the car was possibly a Chevrolet with a loud engine. The witness had seen the vehicle looking like it was cruising the street which made her suspicious.

 

Area 7

10/13/09                                  2 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.                   3200 block of Alma Avenue

(Theft of Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took an unsecured bicycle from the front porch of the residence.

 

Area 2
10/10/09 - 10/11/09                3:30 p.m. - 7:28 a.m.              1600 block of 6th Street
(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked his unlocked truck on the street and unknown suspect(s) took a generator and jumper cables from the vehicle.
 
Area 2
10/09/09 - 10/11/09                10 p.m. - 2 p.m.                      1200 & 1600 blocks of 6th Street
(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) damaged the driver's side rear windows of two separate vehicles with a BB/Pellet gun.
 
Area 4
10/10/09 - 10/11/09                7 p.m. - 10:04 a.m.                 700 block of N. Dianthus
(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) shattered the driver's side window of a vehicle which was parked on the street. No entry was made into the vehicle.
 
Area 6
10/10/09                                  Noon - 5 p.m.                         400 block of 5th Street
(Theft of Bicycles) Three unsecured bicycles were stolen from the front yard of the victim's home.
 
Area 9
10/11/09 - 10/12/09                9 p.m. - 7:35 a.m.                   500 block of Rosecrans Avenue
(Vehicle Vandalism) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the rear window of the vehicle which was parked and locked on the street. No property loss was reported.

 

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RBNW / RBPD CRIME LOG

Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 

Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information.
 
http://www.redondo.org/depts/police/crime/weekly_crime_information.asp 
  

Click here to see CRIME STATISTICS

  
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please go to http://www.redondo.org/ezines/default.asp


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FIRE CHIEF LANTZER'S CORNER

HBFD

 

GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKE-OUT

The Great California Shake-Out earthquake drill occurred last Thursday, October 15th, at 10:15 a.m.  Hermosa Beach city management met in a simulated emergency operations center activation.  The group utilized their position checklists and activity logs during the drill.  The management team also made notes and discussed ways in which EOC response may be improved.

 

FLU SEASON

Yesterday's edition of the Los Angeles Times reported on the world-wide shortage of H1N1 vaccines.  Because of manufacturing difficulties in trying to produce an adequate number of seasonal and H1N1 vaccine and because of the high demand for these vaccines, there is a shortage.  It is still estimated that by the end of October, doctors and other healthcare providers who ordered H1N1 vaccine should receive some doses.

 

The main way that influenza viruses spread is through droplets from a sick person when they cough or sneeze.  Flu viruses can also live on surfaces such as tables, faucets or doorknobs for up to eight hours.  You can become infected with H1N1 flu by touching an infected surface, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

 

Following some simple, everyday tips can help protect you and your family from the flu.

·        Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water and/or use gel sanitizers.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth since germs spread that way.

·        Avoid close contact with sick people and if you're sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever ends.


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IN THE NEWS...

Tips for Making Trick-or-Treating a Success

 

 It is a good idea to ask your Neighborhood Watch group, or your local law enforcement or fire department's personnel, to patrol the neighborhood during trick-or-treating hours.

 

2009 federal deficit surges to $1.42 trillion

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What is $1.42 trillion? It's more than the total national debt for the first 200 years of the Republic, more than the entire economy of India, almost as much as Canada's, and more than $4,700 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

It's the federal budget deficit for 2009, more than three times the most red ink ever amassed in a single year.

And, some economists warn, unless the government makes hard decisions to cut spending or raise taxes, it could be the seeds of another economic crisis.

 

Dance while you wash your hands...on World Hand Washing Day

A Japanese nursery is using a fun dance routine to get kids to wash their hands, as the world marks UN World Hand Washing Day.

onsumers Warned Against Fake Swine Flu Products

The FDA is advising consumers to use "extreme care" when purchasing online products that claim to diagnose, treat or prevent the H1N1 swine flu virus.

Among the so-called fake products that received warnings from the Food and Drug Administration was an ultraviolet light that promised to "destroy swine flu virus." There was also a dietary supplement claiming to be "more effective than the swine flu shot."

Experts say marketers take advantage of people who are fearful.

  

Outbreaks of flu are 'way up' in L.A. County

Statewide and locally, the viral disease is spreading faster than normal for this time of year.

 

The swine flu virus is spreading rapidly throughout California and Los Angeles, officials said Thursday.

More than half of local health departments in the state are seeing active outbreaks, Dr. Mark Horton, the state public health officer, said at a news conference Thursday.

More than 5% of patients going to doctor's offices have flu-like symptoms, which is much higher than the usual 2%, according to an estimate based on about 50 physicians across California who monitor flu activity for the state.

 

Local cases: "Two cases of H1N1 have been verified in the Hermosa Beach City School District, Superintendent Bruce Newlin said. School officials from each of the district's two schools, Valley and View, have reported a case."  Daily Breeze, Oct. 17.

 

South Bay hospitals take part in state quake drill

Local hospitals, including Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, took part in a massive, statewide earthquake drill Thursday morning.

The event, called the Great California Shakeout, sought to prepare California for a 7.8 temblor - which seismologists predict is likely to strike Southern California.

The hospital used the event to test its communication systems and to prepare hospital staff in the event of a disaster that could cause mass injuries. Dozens of volunteers posed as victims, who were placed on stretchers and organized according to severity of injury.

Similar drills took place at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and throughout South Bay neighborhoods and schools.

 

Man held as suspect in bicycle thefts

A Whittier man was arrested when he was found cutting the locks of two bicycles attached to racks on Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach, officers said today.

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RECOGNITION OF VOLUNTEERS

THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS

 


HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 
 
To view all ACTIVE blocks in HBNW
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your block is not considered an active block in HBNW.  You may have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the HBNW E-Mails.  However, we do not know if you are connected to your residents until you have had this meeting.  Please e-mail us if you have not had it.  (Contact me after Dec. 2009 for new Introduction Block Meeting requests)
 
 
 
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
 

 

 

OCTOBER 2009

 

Oct 21

Rick Koenig

1800 Block of Manhattan Avenue

Oct 28

Hayley Larkin

00 Unit Block of The Strand

Nov 4
Jessica McIntyre
1600 Block of Ardmore

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Oct. 18, 2009

Neighborhood ShakeOut Drill Recap

 

Photos from our drill to the Great Calif. ShakeOut web site, and they've been posted:

http://www.shakeout.org/drill/photos/photo_view.php?keyword=daphne

Fellow neighbors,

 

"Postmortem" is not the right term -- our drill was alive & well.

 

I echo Betty's high praise for our very successful & well-attended neighborhood earthquake drill yesterday - I think it was not only useful, but also fun.  Jaime's air horn definitely got our attention - and other neighbors'!  A really great group of conscientious neighbors - it will pay off when the hour of need comes.  All the teams did a good job - sign checkers (search & rescue), special needs checkers, gas checkers, radio monitors & care center - especially considering this was our first drill.  And we were fortunate to get Betsy's timely H1N1 update and recommendations.

 

And thanks, Betty, for your recognitions & recap of observations.  I'll add a few of my own, while it's fresh.  The benefits of a drill are not only to practice what we know, but to realize what else we need to know or do - as Scott & Betty pointed out.  And I was reminded I need to secure a couple tall bookshelves.

 

It was good that there were lots of "OK" signs up - maybe next time we'll have a couple of "victims" with HELP or no sign to give our search team a bit more realism.  And there were quite a few fire extinguishers out & ready to go. 

 

A few wore their hard hats, shoes & gloves, but we should see more - make sure they're under your bed along with the MYN steps, OK/HELP sign & neighborhood map, roster & resource list.  You'll need that protective gear especially if you're assigned to a team.

 

People were pretty quick assembling - almost too quick - I had the sense not everyone went through all the steps.  It took me a bit longer to get out there, as I went through all the MYN steps - putting on my gear, checking the gas (with the tool just in case) & water, putting the sign up, and gathering items to take to the gathering place.  And of course you'd take care of any family needs first - injuries, check condition of the home, etc. - all part of step 1.  If we rush too much, we may end up wasting time (or taking unnecessary risks) by having to go back for something we forgot, or there may be further damage or injuries due to initial smaller damage we didn't notice and act on, that then got worse.

 

I'd add a few more items to go under the bed (might be kept together in a bag or daypack you can grab):  as Betty & Maria mentioned, a crowbar & whistle; also, a flashlight (or better, a headlamp); dust mask; goggles; clipboard & pen/pencil (to carry & write on the map/roster when you go out on a team).  And water bottle (& energy bar?).  All of these should be brought to the gathering place, ready to go out on a team.  For those on the resource list with first aid kits & radios, bring those. 

 

Also, in case you are assigned to a search & rescue team, it's recommended you have some masking tape or duct tape & crayon or marker to mark the entryway of searched houses.  See details on the 13th chart I gave out on "Basic Search & Rescue Procedures." - this goes along with what the fire department teaches in CERT courses.  It would be great if a few more of us went through the CERT training - see http://www.cert-la.com/calendar/calendar.cgi?calendar=basic.  There are seven 2 ½ hr sessions in preparedness, firefighting, medical (triage, 1st aid & CPR), search & rescue, team organization & terrorism. 

 

Actually, the MYN search procedure #14 is not quite right - in CERT you learn to write additional info around the X that is of use to later first responders who may arrive - not all may be "OK."  I did this a few months ago in a CERT drill at work, and my "graffiti" (including my initials) is still visible in our old headquarters bldg. that is to be demolished.  In a previous drill at work I was assigned to triage (immediate, delayed, minor, deceased) incoming injuries that were then attended to by others.  And I've been involved in ham radio communications drills at work & church.  We can grow our drill in the future for more realism & to practice more skills.  Some gory "wounds" would be great leading up to Halloween - like a search & rescue spook alley.

 

For the search teams, yes, we can send out more than one team (if there are enough people during the day) - maybe one team in each direction.  MYN already has technically 2 teams going out - one checking on already identified special needs (disabilities), the other looking for the signs - we could have 2 of the sign-checker (search & rescue) teams.  As Betty points out (& see step 13 on the "Basic Search & Rescue Procedures"), if they find someone they need urgent (1st priority in triage) help with to extricate, transport or give first aid/CPR, or see a fire that needs urgent attention, they can yell/whistle/radio or run back to get more help at the gathering place.  Less urgent things (lower priority in triage) can wait until the team returns and reports- for example, "walking wounded" who can get out on their own (if not in shock). 

 

Another good suggestion I heard from our female search team, was to have the search teams if possible be bigger, strong guys - they may need to pry with a crowbar to get into a house, to get someone out from collapsed debris (you learn how to do that in CERT), and to carry them out.  As Betty points out, you need to assess their condition (& condition of the building) before moving them - if the building's in imminent danger, you may need to risk moving them (very carefully) even if neck/spine injuries are likely.  But if the building's that unsafe, the search & rescue team maybe shouldn't have been there in the first place (of course it could have become that noticeably unsafe after they entered & during their search).     

 

I'm sure there are things I've forgotten, or that you might add - please share them.  Lessons learned, ideas for future drills, etc.

 

And thanks again for your participation.  We'll do it again next year.  And hopefully involve more neighbors.  I'll submit a report to the Great California ShakeOut web site, including photos - not sure how they'll use it -- we may get some publicity.

 

Mark C.

Gardena

 

 

 

  

When Disaster Strikes, it's too late to prepare. 


 

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STOP CRIME 

 




Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.
 
Report Crime - Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.
 
 
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number 
310-524-2750

 

 

Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but are not limited to the following:
 

  • You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or parking complaint.
  • To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just occur, and the
    suspect(s) are not in the immediate area. 
  • You have questions about something suspicious occurring in your
    neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.
  • Solicitor just came to your door or are in the neighborhood.
  • Trash diggers.
  • Unusual foot traffic.
  • People you don't recognize walking your block with no seemingly specific direction or purpose.
  • Parked, occupied vehicles at unusual hours.
  • Abandoned vehicles.
  • Business transactions conducted from vehicles.
  • Unfamiliar people peering into parked vehicles.
  • Person removing vehicle accessories.

 
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself and others.
 
 


If you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch. 
 
El Segundo Dispatch  310-524-2760

Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566

Palos Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211

Redondo Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411

Torrance Dispatch 310-320-2611
 
If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to the appropriate call center.

 

 


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MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

READY THE RESIDENT CLASS 

 

"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.  It is a program that HBNW has adopted and highly encourages Block Captains to attend a class and implement the program on their street.
 
MYN will help you to:

  • Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
  • Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way. 
  • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.
  • Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
  • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.
     


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CodeRED

  

The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
 

When you receive a call from CODE RED, the number will be displayed on your caller ID as (999)911-9999.

 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

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May be used to register your cell phone number, Voice over IP phone number, and e-mail address with the Alert LA County Emergency Mass Notification System.

Listed and unlisted land line telephone numbers are already included in the database and do not need to be registered.



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JOIN THE AMATEUR(HAM) RADIO TEAM! 

 

We know how we will communicate when phones, cell phones and Internet go down.  Do you?

 

email Ken Hartley @ HBARA


T-038 / K6KAH
Hermosa Beach Amateur Radio Association
Voice : 310-376-4776
 

 

 Visit the HBARA website!


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SURVIVAL KITS

 


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Order your supplies TODAY! 

 

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ACCURATE EMERGENCY SERVICES

Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit Description:

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit is a means by which a homeowner, tenant, or neighbor can easily locate their gas, water, and electrical mains and shut them off in case of a natural disaster or accidental emergency.

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Visit AES online today!

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FOCUS ON SENIORS 

FANNY PACK EMERGENCY KIT 
 

Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the newly established Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission applied for and received a Micro Enrichment Grant from the Beach Cities Health District. The grant will be used to purchase and distribute 138 Disaster Supply Fanny Packs to disabled and/or homebound seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.  

 

 

To receive a kit, please contact tracy@saferhermosabeach.com or call 310-374-1828.

 

 

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DON'T MISS A MEETING

SEE ONLINE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

 

ONLY TIME FOR A QUICK MINUTE? 

 

SEE COUNCILMAN DIVIRGILIO'S

 'MEETINGS IN A MINUTE' ON YouTube.

 

City Council & All Commission meeting media clips are arranged by date, with the most recent at the top of the list. Click Video to view the meeting with documents, or Agenda / Minutes to see just the documents. You can also search the archives by typing keywords into the Search box.

 

Hermosa Beach City Council and All Commission AGENDA'S, MINUTES AND VIDEO

 

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PHONE NUMBERS

WEBSITES

 

HBPD - HBFD DISPATCH

310-524-2750

 

HB POLICE STATION

310-318-0360

 

HB FIRE STATION

310-376-2479

 

CITY OF HB

310-318-0239

 

LAX NOISE COMPLAINTS

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Tracy Hopkins

 

HBNW phone:

310-374-1828

 

Visit HBNW website 

 

 

HBNW Facebook Page


Saferhermosa Twitter Page

 

 

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